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Kitchen Queries

Welcome to Kitchen Queries, where the nigella.com team will answer your cooking or food related questions.  We’d love you to submit some of your recipe problems, dilemmas or queries for us to get our teeth into!

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Latest Queries

  • Pasta with Pesto Sauce

    I tried following your recipe for Pasta Alla Genovese on the website - both the pasta (with potatos and beans) and the pesto sauce. However, the pesto sauce had a terribly strong odour and taste of basil. Was wondering how to correct that and where I went wrong. Any tips? Thanks.

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  • Plain Flour vs Self-Raising Flour

    I have baked many of Nigella's recipes but I am wondering why she favours plain flour plus baking powder as opposed to using self-raising flour? It is a question I have pondered over for some time!

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  • Roasted Seafood Pan

    Nigella uses a metal roasting pan to make the Roasted Seafood recipe in Kitchen. The pan is rectangular and has rounded corners. Could you let me know who makes it? It is quite lovely and I have pan envy! Thank you, Kelly Walsh

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  • Chocolate Fruit Cake

    Dear Nigella team, I am thinking of making Nigella's Chocolate Fruit Cake from Christmas, but is their any subsitue for the ground almonds or should I just use extra flour? My sister is allergic to nuts. Thanks, Jack.

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  • Best Cocoa Powder for Cakes

    Which cocoa powder do you recommend for the Devil's Food Cake? Also I want to make a 14'' square by 4'' high cake using Nigella's recipe,how much do you reckon I will need to achieve this? Thanks for your time.

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  • Sesame Noodles

    I like the recipe for Sesame Noodles from Nigella Express, but we have a person with nut allergies in our family. What could be used to replace the peanut butter so that they may be able to enjoy the recipe too?

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  • Chestnut Puree

    I live in South Africa and not sure where to get the chestnut puree for Nigella's Chocolate Chestnut Pots. Is there anything I could use as a substitute and also what other liquor besides rum could I use?

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  • Measurements in Recipes

    Hi, I have a question about the quantities of meat in the recipes in Nigella's book 'Kitchen'. When it says for example 500g chicken thigh fillets (no skin or bones), does this 500g include the bones? Also, is there an substitute for allspice? If not, where could I find it? And last question, where could I find a bouqet garni, or can I make this mysef? Thank you very much in advance!

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